The Jungfrau + Matterhorn tour provides perhaps the perfect combination of pretty villages and premier hikes in Switzerland. Start in Mürren, and continue on to Grindelwald, Kandersteg and Zermatt, on one of our signature tours. You’ll stay in comfortable and classy hotels in each village, enjoying some of the finest hiking in the Alps by day, returning to the same hotel each night, and will travel between villages on scenic train and bus rides. This tour encompasses most of the main sights that you won’t want to miss, such as the Jungfrau, Eiger, and Matterhorn mountains, and many small, off-the-beaten-path places as well, such as the dramatic scenery of relatively-unknown Saas Fee.
Your typical day starts with a delicious buffet breakfast at our hotel – a feast of freshly baked bread and croissants, local meats and cheeses, cereal, fruit, eggs, coffee and freshly squeezed juice – which gives you the energy needed for the day ahead. Before setting out on your hike, visit a bakery and market for lunch supplies, or bring some money for a stop in one of the alpine restaurants along your route. Soon, you’ll be out on the trail for 6-8 hours, with many hiking options to choose from.
You should finish your hike around 4 pm, giving you time to wash up, relax, perhaps settle into the pool, or just gaze upon the outside panorama from your room balcony. After that, you’ll enjoy dinner at your hotel restaurant. These are multi-course feasts, often centered on local specialties like bratwurst, rösti, or cheese fondue, but may also feature chicken, fish, or other continental specialties. Our hotels all serve fabulous food, and dinners will be hearty, filling, well-earned and very delicious. Typically we leave one dinner in Mürren and one dinner in Zermatt free, so you will have a chance to explore on your own.
Mürren – Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train Mürren. There is a train station in both the Zurich and Geneva airports, and transferring to Mürren will be an easy introduction to Swiss precision and friendliness.
Mürren – One of our favorite hikes starts in town, and gently meanders up the hills to the pastoral setting at Spielboden.
Mürren – The Upper Lauterbrunnen valley curls back beneath the white-capped Breithorn – considered by many to be the most perfect mountain in the region.
Mürren – Start with a morning stroll through the sleepy village of Gimmelwald.
Grindelwald – Leaving Mürren, a 1 hour train ride brings you to the classic resort village of Grindelwald.
Grindelwald – Another energetic hike takes you right into the heart of the Grindelwald mountains.
Saas Fee – After breakfast, you’ll say good-bye to Grindelwald, and board the train and then bus for Saas Fee, a high, car-free village in Switzerland’s southern Valais region.
Saas Fee – In Saas Fee, quiet wooded trails lead to the remote Allmagelleralp, where we lunch at an historic hut before looping back to town.
Zermatt – Leaving Saas Fee, transfer to Zermatt, the lively mountain village at the base of the Matterhorn.
Zermatt – Walking through the village takes you past 400 year-old houses and into the history of this fascinating town.
Zermatt – Taking quiet trails through fields and forest, you have a range of choices up to the wide ridge of Gornergrat, past marmots and small glacial lakes, to what has to be one of the finest viewpoints in Europe.
Zermatt – There are many peaceful trails criss-crossing the larch forests outside of Zermatt. One favorite leads across a suspended wooden walkway through a narrow river gorge.
depart – After breakfast, you’ll say adieu and leave for your post-trip destinations.